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Ford D series trucks

by Peter
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The Ford D series pre-dates the Ford Cargo and was as common on the British road as the Bedford TK  in the 1960′s

Matchbox used this Ford truck for some of it’s trucks starting with the King Size range.

First we have one of the oldest, the Ford tractor unit with Dyson low loader complete with it’s Case tractor load, Matchbox number K17.

Released in about 1967 with a red Case tractor, my orange Case tractor is from a later set with Superfast wheels, the later Superfast version had a lime green Dyson trailer and a red Ford tractor unit, this was designated as a D800.

Ford D series 4

Using the same Ford D800 tractor unit, the K20 Tasker transporter with it’s tractor load also was released about the same time as the Dyson low loader, it came with three Matchbox tractors No39, again mine is a made up set and includes three different Ford tractor colour versions.

Ford D series 3

The Ford D series continued into the Superfast era and both the above models were included albeit different colours and renamed Superkings.

In 1978 Matchbox released K19,  a Ford D series as a security truck, these came complete with gold bullion load and cart.

The trucks rear door has a combination lock and these came in various liveries, the two below are ‘Group 4′ and ‘Fort Knox’

Ford D series 1

In 1981, the security truck was released as K88 and had the addition of a slot in the roof of the body and sold as a money box, the versions I’ve seen have a red cab and black glass along with a Matchbox sticker and the wording ‘Save your money with me’.

In 1979 another truck was released, this is K40 and just called ‘Ford D Series’ no doubt many other body options were planned for the chassis, the cab is the same casting as the above security trucks and this would be classed as a curtain side truck with the Pepsi livery and comes with a loaded pallet.

Ford D series 2

On a smaller scale Matchbox also released a few Ford D Series in the 1-75 series, below we have No70, grit spreading truck released in 1966 and No7, Refuse truck released in 1967, both of these  changed to Superfast in 1970 and withdrawn in 1972.

Ford D series 5

Husky also had a few Ford D Series trucks, below is the low loader, No2003 and came with No23  loader shovel, you can find our previous article on this set Here . Husky also made a car transporter with this cab unit, No2002 and a Articulated Removal Van, No 2004

Ford D series 6

Corgi Juniors also released one and called this the Ford  D1000, number 54, although not an accurate depiction of the D series.

Ford D series 7


The real Ford D series trucks


The Ford D-Series was a range of middle weight trucks introduced by Ford of Britain in 1965. It replaced the Thames Trader and appears to have been envisaged as a more modern competitor to the Bedford TK produced by General Motors’ UK truck subsidiary.

In 1965 the range covered rigid trucks with gross weights from 5.2 to 12.75 British tons, and tippers from 10.8 to 12.75 tons. Higher gross weights became available with the subsequent introduction of versions featuring twin rear axles and articulated models were also quickly added to the range.

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Corgi Juniors, Reliant Simitar GTE

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Corgi, Corgi Juniors, Diecast models, Reliant
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The Simitar GTE is one of my favourite classics from the 1970′s and actually in the process of looking to buy a real one.

Corgi produced this ‘Juniors’ version of the Simitar GTE in 1970 based on the version built for the 1968 motor show in London, from what I believe and reading the page at this was a one-off build and still in existence.

The Corgi Juniors version ended production in 1973.

I like the colour on this one although not impressed with the wheels but all in all a nice copy of the real car.

The base plate show this as the ‘Ogle/Reliant Simitar GTE’, ogle was the design company that had already been involved with many Reliant designs including the GTE, this one had the extra glass above the windscreen.

The Real car

The real Ogle/Reliant Simitar GTE is seen below.

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The Simitar GTE

Tom Karen of Ogle was asked to submit some body designs based on the Ogle Design GTS estate car experiment for a new four seater Scimitar, the SE5 Reliant Scimitar. Managing Director Ray Wiggin, Chief Engineer John Crosthwaite and fibreglass body expert Ken Wood went to Ogle’s in Letchworth to look at a couple of mock-up body designs for the new SE5. Wiggin told Wood to go ahead and do a proper master.

The SE5 was conceived and ready for the 1968 Motor Show in under 12 months. For the SE5 John Crosthwaite and his team designed a completely different chassis frame, revised and improved suspension, new and relocated fuel tank, a rollover bar, new cooling system, spare wheel mounted in the nose to give increased rear space and a 17 gallon fuel tank. When designing the chassis Crosthwaite worked closely with Ogle body stylist Peter Bailey to modify and refine the prototype.

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Skip Trucks

by Peter
Categories: Bedford, Corgi Juniors, Diecast models, Ford, Husky, Leyland, Majorette, Matchbox, Scania, Trucks
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Skip lorries, it seems, have been around forever but didn’t really hit the streets in the UK until the 60′s

Diecast makers  have made many trucks over the years a few are below.

Firstly we have the Matchbox Superkings number K28 and released in 1977 and based on a Bedford TM truck chassis

Much later in 1985 this truck evolved into a Leyland truck using the same skip body and the same skip, this is number K123 and has vastly improved wheels with front steering, although the amber roof beacons seem to be lost in the holes provided in the casting

On the smaller scale Matchbox created a Ford Cargo skip truck and made available in different colour versions, numbered MB45 and with later type wheels, released in 1986 and made in Thailand.

An earlier Matchbox skip truck was a rather futuristic design and numbered 37 and released back in 1977, this one is still easy to get in many different colours.

Below an early Husky skip truck based on the Bedford TK and complete with a diecast skip, this was numbered as 27 and Released in 1964 and  withdrawn in 1969, it was briefly part of the Corgi Juniors range too.

Corgi Juniors also made a Ford skip truck but this time based on the Ford D1000 from the 60′s, numbered 54 and listed as a Ford Container Truck.

And lastly one from the French diecast maker Majorette based on a Scania chassis, numbered 222 and listed as Multibenne

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The real trucks

History of the skip

In 1914, Antoine Marrel, a Berthier car dealer at St-Etienne with a passion for mechanics, dedicated his time and skills to developing a lifting/hanging device. It was the beginning of a great story, and in 1919 The Societe Bennes Marrel was created. The company acquired its fame by launching the very first dumpster activated with cables and gallows.
The Marrel Multibenne or multibucket was designed by Antoine Marrel himself.

It was in the 1960s that the skip as we know it came into its own, beginning its 50-year rise as the bulk waste disposal method of choice for both the domestic and the commercial markets.

Back in the early 1920s the shipping industry in Southport began to use a type of container that loosely resembled a skip and which was removed by a petrol-engine lorry as opposed to the horse-drawn refuse carts that were commonly used throughout the town. For most commercial waste disposal, however, tipper wagons remained the most common option. These were delivered to site by a team, which waited while it was hand or machine loaded before removing it again. The result, however, was the effective double handling of rubbish and the wasting of the delivery team’s time while the wagon was loaded.

By the time the 1960s arrived, the boom in real estate development coupled with an expanding industrial sector meant that volumes increased and time became precious, leading to the development of the modern day skip. These were originally developed in Germany and were adopted by a London company called George Cross & Co., which quickly set about introducing the concept to a ready and willing UK market.

The original skips came in a “one-size-fits-all” format of around six cubic yards and remained that way for many years until skip hire companies embraced the changing needs of the market and developed a range of sizes shapes to suit different uses and waste volumes.

Corgi Rockets, superstox

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Categories: Cars, Corgi Juniors, Corgi Rockets, Diecast models, Racing cars
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The Corgi Rockets Superstock cars wasn’t one’s I had as a kid but remember them well because my brother had both.

Corgi produced two during the Rockets production years of 1969 to 1971, Number 919 was Todd Sweeny and number 920 was Derek Fiske both real cars and drivers in the late 1960′s.

The third one in the picture on the left is a later Whizzwheels issue No75 and is the same body casting as Todd Sweeny’s car.

The Derek Fiske car had an opening bonnet revealing the power plant and the number 304 was the actual number of the real car.

The Todd Sweeny car also had the real car number of 531, the third car is numbered 404 but when I got these three cars all the number stickers were missing so I made new ones, 404 was made up but have since found out this one was numbered 864.

The difference between the Corgi Rockets car and the Corgi Whizzwheels car can be seen in the picture below.

The real cars

Superstox is a type of single seat formula racing, similar to Sprint car racing developed in the 1960s in the United Kingdom. Racing is ‘contact’ whereby drivers can use the front bumper to help dislodge any car in front. Like most other forms of short oval racing, the higher rated drivers normally start at the back of the grid for each race.

Its original roots come from the mid-1950′s, it derived as a cheaper alternative to BriSCA Formula One Stock Car Racing, where a smaller junior forumula was raced nationally before the Southern ‘Spedeworth’ short oval tracks broke away from the main promoting body in 1961 to run their own version of Juniors which they called Formula Two. The cars were originally standard or ‘stock’ but became more modified over the years until 1968 when a new ‘stock’ car formula was introduced and the original much modified class became known as Super Stock Cars. This was later shortened to Superstox. Today the class bears no resemblance to a road going car. Chassis are generally built by specialist companies and all the components are special racing ones. The cars are all of front engine design although rear engine was allowed up until the mid 1970s.

The names on the Corgi Rockets cars did actually exist and drive, here are a few pictures from the website

Derek Fiske

Todd Sweeny

Both raced at Wimbledon, Todd Sweeny won first place in 1967 and Derek Fiske was placed third in 1968, see full list here

I found this video on UTube showing both Todd and Derek racing in the late 1960′s

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